Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bohemian Quilt Top

Somewhere in between projects, I came across this gorgeous pattern from Hawthorne Threads Newsletter (May 28th) and immediately had to give it a try! This is why you need to subscribe to their newsletter... ideas, ideas, ideas!

 The Bohemian Quilt, designed by Sarah Laws for Cotton & Steel is amazing! I love the pattern and how it all flows together. I used Leah Duncan's gorgeous prints from Art Gallery Fabrics. Oh ~ if I could just keep them on bolts I would!! 

I can't wait to hang this beautiful wall piece. If you're looking for a fun, quick quilt project that promises a very sweet outcome, you need to give this a try. You don't need a ton of fabric; mostly quarter yard and half yards. Here's the link on where you can get this pattern! Thanks to Sarah Laws for creating it and sharing it for free! 

On another note.... I still haven't forgotten about the strip quilts I'd like to post along with random quilt blocks I've been practicing. These "don't go with anything" pieces will hopefully add up one day to a colossal mixed up quilt. (I've been noticing that's quite the trend on my Pinterest feed.)
Also, I have a couple more ideas brewing for the Etsy shop. Possibly an over sized peasant apron? Some more hats? If there were only more than 24 hours in a day......

Until next time, enjoy the sun and sewing! Happy Trails!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Making Rose Scrubs 101

There's nothing about sewing in today's post! Instead, I decided to bring the outdoors in thanks to my girls!

What do you do when you have two little girls who love to play 'Spa' and you're just not interested in buying products whose ingredients list contains words you can't pronounce? You make your own!
There are ton of ways to make rose salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, or even honey scrubs. 
But I have to say, I love mine the best & here's why.

For starters, I only use tea roses that are home grown with no fertilizers. Yup. These are the same roses I used to make rose syrup. You can find that recipe here.  So if it's okay to go inside your body, it's definitely okay on your skin!

And second, I add yummy items like essential oils, coconut butter, & honey. 
They're things that make a good smell even better!

For Rose Salt Scrub #1, you'll need:
~2 cups rose petals (preferably a tea rose)
~2 cups Epsom salt
~1/4 cup sea salt
~1/3 cup coconut oil
~patchouli essential oil 
(I love this smell but it's entirely optional.)
~food processor ~ use the plastic blade

Combine all the ingredients in the food processor.  For the essential oil, I took the dropper off  and drizzled the patchouli directly onto the rose petals.

You need to use the plastic blade if you want the scrub petals to stay pink. Just as I said in the syrup recipe, there is a chemical reaction when this specific rose petal hits metal. It turns it bluish purple! So... you'll need to use a wooden or plastic spoon each time you scoop or pour. I love to use this as a body scrub for me but will only use it on my girls' feet to exfoliate those summer soles that get oh~so dirty when playing outside:)

Having said that, here's recipe #2:
It's perfect for adding to your bath water!
1 cup rose petals
2 cups sea salt
1 heaping Tbsp of cornstarch.
food processor with metal blade

I like to add the cornstarch because it soaks up the moisture in the petals and I notice that it stays a powdery blue consistency. Again, the metal blade has a reaction to the petal color and voila! You have a gorgeous lavender, bluish colored rose salt! Add a few tablespoons to the water, or you can swap the salt for sugar and make a sweet body scrub!

Rose Salt Scrub
Rose sugar scrub with metal blade attachment for food processor.

Last, here's recipe #3 ~ The Rose Honey Scrub

You'll need:
1 cup raw honey
1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1 cup Epsom salt
handful of rose petals
lavender essential oil (optional)

Pour the honey, salt, essential oil and rose petals in the food processor & use the plastic blade attachment. After combined, add the grapeseed oil. If it is too thick, continue to add grapeseed oil one teaspoon at a time until you achieve the desired consistency.

Rose Honey Scrub

I love making these items at home with the ingredients straight from the pantry. I feel it sets good examples for the girls about being aware of what we put on our skin as well as how fun they are to make! Just remember to never use these scrubs on broken skin. Even though honey is extremely healing as well as coconut oil, the salts and sugars could add stinging and burning. If you're using them for your spa loving little ones like me, use it only on their hands and feet. If it's for you? Indulge. I love these for exfoliating!

Here's to enjoying the salt, sugar, and roses till next time!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fabric Buckets

As I'm looking at the scattered fabric squares and triangles on the playroom floor, I can't help but noticed that teddy bears and stuffed animals are decorating the base boards of the room. I attempt to make a fast clean up, quickly noticing all the bins are maxed out. So instead of instigating an impromptu clean up with the girls... this crafty mom finds the positive and starts another project. Yup, that's what happens to those of us who like to create. Sometimes I think I'm the only person that can see a mess and even that will spark a new idea! 

Fabric bins are great for so many reasons. They're washable, great for matching decor, you can use them from the closet to toys.... etc. etc. etc. You get the picture. Right? BUT.... I could never seem to find the perfect size. I really wasn't in the mood for running to the store to find a pattern and online sites... well....the fabric buckets are just to small. So, first I decided square bottom or circular? Circular seemed more easy. I ran to the kitchen and grabbed a huge chip & salsa wooden bowl.

Next I measured the circumference and made note to cut my fabric THAT length. Yes... THAT length. The reason. It's easier to cheat the base of the bucket rather than the noticeable side should you fall short with fabric length. I added seam allowance to mine and ended up snipping away while the base was getting stitched on. Ugh...

Going on... You'll need 3 parts each to the base & sides: outer fabric, inner fabric, & lining. Remember to ask yourself how tall do you want your bin to be? In the end you'll fold over the edge so add a generous inch and a half to the desired height!

Starting with base, I stitched my inner fabric to the batting I used as my lining.

Stitch the vertical part of the bin by matching right sides together and doing a half inch seam. I know it sounds crazy considering you didn't cut a seam allowance but, again, I did, and I needed to snip away a whole inch! 

Attach the base to the sides with many many many pins.

If you added seam allowance to your fabric anyways:
Start by stitching an inch away from the vertical seam.
By the time you make it full circle, you will be able to gauge if you need to snip away.

I added the side batting to the outer fabric because I wanted a couple horizontal quilt lines.
I added quilting to the base in the previous pictures to avoid bulking.

It's looking like a bin!

Attach the inside to the out and straight stitch the top.

Last, I folded over the top to create a contrasting line and some sturdiness to the edge.

And it's done!!!

The finished size is a little over 15 inches tall by a 13 inch base.

Happy Trails to the things that spark new ideas! Now, time to get back to those fabric pieces!